Marikina to remove subdivision gates, require garage space for businesses

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 21) — Local government officials in Marikina City are implementing new local laws to make sure roads are accessible to all.

In a statement, Marikina officials announced that the local government will remove the gates of subdivisions to allow the public to use their roads.

"Ang totoo niyan ang roads kasi ay hindi naman owned by neither of the residents living or operating a business in the area. Wala sa kanila ang pagmamay-ari nun, pagmamay-ari noon ay nasa gobyerno," said Marikina City Councilor Donn Favis in the statement.

[Translation: Roads are not owned by the residents or the businesses in that area. They don't own them, the government does.]

The city council last week approved an ordinance to remove subdivision gates but some residents are opposing it. Favis authored the law.

"There are objections from some homeowners' associations, but they have to comply," he said.

The proposed ordinance is in line with a memorandum circular from the Department of Interior and Local Government issued on July 29, which gave local government units 60 days to open up all public roads.

In a bid to make roads more accessible, the city government will also implement the "No Garage, No Building Permit Ordinance."

Under this law, the city will not grant building permits to businesses that do not have adequate garage facilities.

This should lessen the number of vehicles parked on roads.

The city continues to allow cars to park on some roads, as long as they don't park onthe sidewalk.